No, I'm not from the NRA or any Gun Control organization. But I think it's food for thought.
Take this gun's enthusiast's tale for example. He complains in his blog about the "Call of Duty effect" and how there are more inexperienced users taking an increased interest in real guns. The funniest story is Jim's encounter with a Halo fanboy:
Personally, the only experience I have is with hunting rifles (before I even got into video games) and I never had any interest in military weapons. I'll admit that the Battlefield series did teach me the name & fake stats for a couple of rare guns but that's the end of it. I don't think any game has ever made me think "Hmm, I wonder how it handles for real". I just hope this doesn't become some kind of bigger trend because we already have enough fools blaming video games for all of society's ill doings. Though, I think it would be the ultimate irony if the NRA starts campaigning against violent video games too.
I wouldn't call it the Call of Duty effect as much as the Halo effect. He came in to a Pawn Shop I was shopping around at and asked for an "Ess Em Gee" (Submachine gun). The owner said that he didn't carry them. He then asked if he had any sniper rifles. The owner showed him a .270 (I believe). As the punk (hat cocked off to the side and his pants at a level where a belt would not allow them to fall) looked down the scope, he asked how to "zoom it" (a common feature of scoped rifles in video games). The owner showed him how to magnify and clarify the image. The punk said that he was just used to the rifle doing that for him.
Finally the owner asked what the kid was looking for to which he replied "I just want to headshot some noobs! Like in Halo!"
The conversation quickly degraded from that moment and ended very shortly.
Via [The Escapist]